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Robert Frank


February 4 – April 3, 2021

Untitled (Flags and Cars), 1955/56, Print Date 1978
Hollywood Premiere, 1955, Print Date 1970s
Daytona, Florida. 1962 , Print Date 1970s
Butte, Montana, 1956 , Print Date 1978
Mary, 1956 , Print Date 1978
Los Angeles, 1955 (Wayman Hotel) , Print Date 1978
Lusk, Wyoming. 1956 , Print Date 1970s
Platte River, Tennessee. 1958 , Print Date 1978
Beaufort, South Carolina. 1955, Print Date 1978
Hoover Dam, 1955, Printed Date 1978
Tunnel NY/NJ, 1956 , Print Date 1960
Tennessee, 1955 , Print Date 1978
Georgetown, 1956, Print Date 1978
Lusk Drive-In Movie, 1956, Print Date 1978
San Francisco, 1956, Print Date 1960s 
U.S. 30, Nebraska. 1955 , Print Date 1978
Viva At The Airport, 1962, Print Date 1960s
San Francisco, 1955, Print Date 1955
Dody, Mary, Andrea, and Barbara, New York, 1958. , 11 x 14 inch gelatin silver print
Wyoming, 1956, Printed 1978
Mississippi, Near Baton Rouge. 1956, Print Date 1978
CBS Studio Hollywood, 1955, Print Date 1978
William Klein and Elsa Maxwell NYC, 1955, 11 x 14 inch gelatin silver print
 Whiteville, North Carolina. 1955 , Print Date 1978 
Venice, 1962, Print Date 1978
Untitled (Zero Mostel), 1960 , Print Date 1960
 Untitled (Men in Hats, Backs to Camera), 1950s, 11 x 14 inch gelatin silver print
St. Louis, 1948, Print Date 1978 
South Carolina (Soldier at Funeral), 1955 , Print Date 1978 
South Carolina 1956 (Shack & Car) , Print date 1978
Cemetary, San Francisco. 1956, Print Date 1978
Puerto Rico ca. 1962, Print Date 1978 
Pablo, 1958, Print Date ca. 1975
NYC (Pablo, Mary and Sam Yu's Painting on the Bowery), 1954, Print Date ca. 1960 
NYC, 1958 (Old Man and Pablo), Print Date 1978
NYC, 1949 (Jukebox) , Print Date 1978
Nevada, 1955 , Print Date 1955 
Los Angeles Picnic Ground, 1958 , Print Date 1955-1960
California Main Street, 1956, Print Date 1978
14th Street NYC, 1953, Print Date 1955 
11th Street, NYC. 1955 , Print Date 1955 

Press Release


Opening February 4, 2021

Danziger at Fetterman is pleased to announce an exhibition devoted to rare prints and rarely seen images from the American photographs of Robert Frank.  The exhibition will be comprised of 20 mostly unpublished works from the years 1955 – 1957 when Frank was traveling around America shooting what was to become not just his seminal work “The Americans”, but a seminal work in the medium of photography.

Born in Zurich in 1924, Frank emigrated to America in 1947.  As an immigrant, Frank was fascinated by his new country and after his first road trips he applied for a Guggenheim Fellowship to fund a longer and deeper journey around all parts of the country.  In his proposal to the Guggenheim Foundation Frank wrote: “The photographing of America is a large order - read at all literally, the phrase would be an absurdity.” The “total production” of such a project, he added, would be “voluminous.”   Nevertheless, the proposal was accepted and Frank embarked on a three-year journey around America during which he took over 28,000 photographs.

Eighty-three of the images were subsequently published in the book “The Americans” leaving 27,900 or so frames which could have easily been edited into numerous subsequent volumes but over the years Frank was content to just make prints of the images he felt were the most resonant.  Frank printed these images in the same 11 x 14 inch format as the ones included in the book.

What Frank brought to the medium was an improvisational quality that saw the world in a different but more truthful way than the commonly perceived visual clichés of his time. While the often dark and idiosyncratic nature of his vision shocked many people, it led the way to much of what has followed in photography. 

Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photography at the National Gallery of Art in Washington noted:  “Frank revealed a people who were plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians, and rendered increasingly numb by the rising culture of consumerism.  But it’s also important to point out that he found new areas of beauty in those simple, overlooked corners of American life - in diners, or on the street. He pioneered a whole new subject matter that we now define as icons: cars, jukeboxes, even the road itself. All of these things, coupled with his style - which is seemingly intuitive, immediate, and off-kilter - were radically new at the time.”

About the prints:

By the late 1970s, Frank had turned his primary attention away from photography to film making and in order to fund both his life and his film work, in 1978 he sold his existing archive of prints along with several hundred prints made to complete the transaction. The prints exhibited here all come from that purchase — the largest private collection of this most important figure in the history of the medium.